Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2019

Jofra Archer takes six as England bowl Australia out to take control of final Ashes Test | Cricket | Sport


Jofra Archer picked up his second five-wicket haul of his short Test career to help England take control of the final Ashes Test of the summer.

England were bowled out early on day two for 294 with Jos Buttler impressing as he made 70.

Mitchell Marsh, who is making his first appearance of the Test summer, was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he claimed 5-46.

But his efforts were eclipsed by Archer as the Australians did not even see the day out with the bat.

The England ace, who only made his Test debut in the second match of the series, picked up 6-62.

Steve Smith was Australia’s top-scorer, again, though recorded his lowest score of the series with 80 as Chris Woakes trapped him lbw.

Australia were all out for 225, handing England a lead of 69. And it was increased to 78 by the close of play with Joe Denly, who only arrived at the ground after lunch due to his partner giving birth, and Rory Burns unbeaten, though not without their troubles.

Denly was dropped by Marcus Harris in the slips in the last over of the day while Burns successfully overturned an lbw decision off Josh Hazlewood off the very last ball of day two.

Sam Curran also impressed with the ball for England in his first Test of the series, taking 3-46 with two in successive balls.

Curran said: “That wicket is pretty placid, so to bowl them out for 225 is a great effort.

“The ball swung more as the day went on, and I’ve been trying to swing it more consistently back into the right-handers – I’ve been working on my wrist position and a few things on the ball with my fingers. Trying to bowl more maidens is another way I’d like to improve.

“It was really enjoyable bowling at the best batsman in the world [Smith]. We’ve tried a lot of things but he’s been incredible. Hopefully he doesn’t get any in the second innings!

“I’ll be honest, the ball that got Matthew Wade was natural variation. If I don’t know, the batter’s not gonna know!

“I’d like to get a little bit quicker. Hopefully it comes naturally and with a bit of hard work. With the schedule it’s not easy to work on different things.

“At the moment I’m trying to be as consistent as I can – look at Jimmy, or Cummins and Hazlewood. I do get a bit excited now and again when I’m swinging the ball into the pads, but I’m slowly getting better.”

Australia have already retained the series having taken a 2-1 lead to the Oval.

Smith had been a huge reason why Australia had gained the lead with his 751 runs coming across just seven innings.

The Australians have not won a series in England since 2001 and will need a big Saturday to change that.



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